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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 5, 2009 6:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Hey now.
I am usually just a lurker enjoying the sophisticated conversation around here, but today I go into the hospital for my third hip replacement in the last two years. Please no wiseass cracks about having three hips - I am having to get the right side done a second time. Just was hoping for some good, healing thoughts from the peanut gallery.

Also, today is my 42nd birthday. Hell of a way to celebrate, huh?
Had a better time on my 25th...
http://www.archive.org/details/gd92-03-05.sbd.hinko.27422.sbeok.flacf
Not too bad for a 90's show.

Anyway, have a grate day and SMILE! SMILE! SMILE!

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 5, 2009 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Hey Dogs! Even though I feel like a stranger on this thread (silky silky crazy crazy) I remember reading and enjoying your posts a few months back...I wondered what happened to ya. Happy Birthday and good luck! :)

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Poster: He Live's Date: Mar 5, 2009 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

good luck man -- that sounds like a major pain in the ass! (seriously, i know that is rough stuff... good luck.)


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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 5, 2009 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

First off: My best wishes for a very happy (the drugs may help with that part) birthday.
Second: having had a few years in the orthopedic industry, I hope that this procedure takes and holds a bit better than the previous ones; I know how unpleasant the re-hab can be.

THIRD: How many other music chat rooms find in-depth discussions of arthritic hips? Longevity indeed. I feel especially old now.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2009-03-05 16:21:01

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 5, 2009 7:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Hey dogs--been a while since we exchanged stories about backs and hips...thinking of you, but your job is to take it easy and let us know how it is going when you can.

Gotta get the knee replacement in a few yrs, but they want me to be a little older before doing it...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 5, 2009 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

"...but they want me to be a little older before doing it... "


you are two steps away from a nursing home already! how long do they think they have to wait???

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 5, 2009 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Ha! I was shocked as well...I said "listen, doc, I may not be at your cut off chronologically, BUT I have more than made up for it experientially speaking" and though he laughed, he said they don't want to do it twice, and he imagined I have 20-30 yrs left (again, I argued the mileage factor may require a readjustment of that equation, but he wanted to use the average life expectancy charts and such...oh well, a few more yrs outta the thing makes sense on another level: FEAR...I have had too many surgeries to really want to do another anytime soon!).

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 5, 2009 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

"oh well, a few more yrs outta the thing makes sense on another level: FEAR...I have had too many surgeries to really want to do another anytime soon!). "


I Hear That!!!!!!

I was given the option of knee surgery as well (wear and tear and gunk due to and eternity of skiing) - the fear factor hit me like a brick wall and i politely declined for the time being :)

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 5, 2009 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Hey Dogs...

I must ask--as someone who suffers from arthritis in both hips myself, and has been putting off hip replacement for years now (for various reasons), would you mind telling me exactly what your condition is that led to the surgeries? Why have you needed so many to this point?

Inquiring (and similarly pained) mind wants to know ;-)!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 5, 2009 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Of course, DiaP is the one to answer, but as one that has researched it a bit (more for the knee than hip), and knows a handful of folks that have had it, both knee and hip replac's are very routine, and they have great success with them these days. Generally, those that return for second round in the short term have a problem with infection or faulty kwip/mounting (ie, doc or manufact issues). They don't want to do more than one replacement in your life time, per joint, if they can help it as the second time around is much more complex on many fronts.

However, when absolutely necessary, I have known a few to have great success with TWO on the same hip or knee within a ten yr period (they like to imagine 20 yrs, and thus, the notion is something else will kill you first...like having friends like Dire that can bore you to death).

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 5, 2009 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

"...like having friends like Dire that can bore you to death"


don't i know it - i even bore MYSELF to death most days

:)

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 5, 2009 7:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Good Luck brother (and Happy BDay!!!)

I know from our previous conversations and emails how much that SUCKS!!!!!! I will be sending vibes and some prayers in your direction my friend. Stay strong

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Mar 5, 2009 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Five or six years ago John Prine had hip replacement surgery and was told that his titanium hip should last 32 years. He was amused at the notion that the hip would outlive the rest of him.

"I can see it sitting at the head of the table."

Just a little "hip" humor to brighten your day. Hope everything goes your way.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Mar 5, 2009 6:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

So the kids they dance and shake them bones.....
JK healing vibes and put some 68-69 on the ipod.
It will make the anesthesia that much better!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 5, 2009 6:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Dogs -

Good luck amigo. I've felt your pain. I had simultaneous reconstructive surgery on both shoulders when I was 40. You don't realize how much you use your arms until you can't move them - four weeks dosed with Percocet, scotch, oxycodone and scotch - farking agony. And needing help going to the bathroom? Preview of my 80s perhaps.

You'll do fine. We're thinking about you.

"May the four winds blow you safely home"

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 5, 2009 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Hope it all goes well dogs. Prayers

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Poster: wineland Date: Mar 5, 2009 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Happy birthday Dogs! May the four winds blow you safely home.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Mar 5, 2009 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

hope this is the last time you have to go through this and wish you a speedy recovery

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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 5, 2009 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Best of luck.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Mar 5, 2009 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good morning or is it? (Very non-Dead)

Hip replacement! Revision! That sucks.
Hope you're in good shape for it. I hope you're not at the hospital I'm covering this weekend, or you'll have a DeadHead PT making you get up and take that new one out for a test drive.

If you're going for three I hope you're wearing the other one out instead of repeatedly dislocating or not getting good fusion. You gotta live healthy and make some bone to grab onto that sucker and keep it where it belongs. DO the exercises so you get your range of motion back, and make everyone who comes into the room WASH THEIR DAMN HANDS!
Infection is the thing that will get you in the hospital, and doctors are the worst offenders. MAKE THEM WASH THEIR DAMN HANDS!

Best of luck, and pay attention to your weight bearing status when you get up. Giving it time to heal and going through the inconvenience of less than "as tolerated" weight bearing status if that's what they want is worth the trouble so you get the most from your investment.

Oh, yes... push the PCA button a lot and take extra fiber and fluids so the switch to Percocet doesn't block up your bowels.